Tattoo Tuesday Featurette- My Neil Gaiman ‘Sandman’ Tattoo

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As many of you know by now, I’m a very big fan of the writer Neil Gaiman. The entry-level Gaiman drug of choice for me was the comic series Sandman. If you’ve read it, you already know just how utterly brilliant it is. It’s one of those series that’s masterfully blends myth, mystery and mind-blowing stories. It is easily one of my top favorite comic book series. Despite my many Tattoo Tuesday posts I blog about, only 2 out of my 6 tattoos can be called “geeky”. Now I love looking at geeky ink, but for me to decide to get something tattooed on my body (forever), it had to hit me on several levels, and that’s what this quote from Sandman did.

Neil Gaiman Sandman Fear of FallingNow Sandman is a pretty long series, but I remember the day I read “Fear of Falling” vividly. It’s one of the few things I’ve read that gave me actual goosebumps. The quote is, “Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.” This is a loaded quote for me because I have a mini obsession about dreams, so it hits me on that level easily. But more importantly, it’s a constant reminder to myself not to limit what I do in life because I’m afraid of failure.

A few years later, I finally decided to get the quote inked, but then I had to find a tattoo artist. Because my tattoo was a quote from a comic, I wanted someone who would “get” the significance to tattoo me. That’s when I met the talented lolita geek tattoo artist, Imani. Well, we met on the internet first, as many people do nowadays, through my friends Otakus & Geeks. Finally, at NYCC last year we met in person. I spotted her adorable pastel-colored locks in a sea of cosplayers and it was like we were old friends meeting again. That’s when I decided I’d wait for the chance for Imani to tattoo me. A couple of months ago, she came back to NYC and it finally happened! She’s a talented illustrator and I wanted to use her superpowers to create a custom tattoo for me. She literally sketched out the quote on my back before tattooing. Of course, I couldn’t be happier with tattoo and the experience. Thanks, girl!

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Jamila Girl Gone Geek Imani tattoo artist ipukekawaiiTattoo night!

Jamila Girl Gone Geek Sandman comic book tattoo Neil Gaiman Fear of Falling in progress

Tattoo in progress- the sketch before getting inked

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Almost done!
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Jamila Girl Gone Geek Sandman comic book tattoo Neil Gaiman Fear of Falling 3All done!

Jamila Girl Gone Geek Sandman comic book tattoo Neil Gaiman Fear of Falling

My tattoo healed and in the wild!

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8 Comments

  1. Text tattoos are neat. A friend of mine from Thailand had one. I had no idea what it said of course, but I had it explained to me that those kind of tattoos were for protection from evil.

    Well, anyway, they look really cool.

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  2. I love that! Also, I read your tattoo in Neil’s voice. I have a Gaiman one too. Be bold, be bold, but not too bold.”

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  3. […] “… and what I believe within, I engrave it in my skin” and a couple of years ago, I had the privilege of tattooing my friend and ratchet magical girl Jamilla. It was such a fun session and I always have a bit of nostalgia and get a bit choked up (but I won’t cry … cuz I’m a thug! ^^) when I go back and read her tattoo experience. Check it out here. […]

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